Iraq’s Deputy PM Saleh has called for the world to not “cut and run” from Iraq. The fact that such statements are being made means that the likelihood of an exit from Iraq is more and more present and real.

All of last week, the US and the UK have been sending diplomatic signals indicating that there will be a change of policy. Today’s statements by Barham Saleh confirm all those signals. So George W. Bush and Tony Blair may say they’ll “stay the course,” but in reality, plans may be changing.

This is why the Saleh’s visit to London was so important for Iraq and why the deputy PM is taking every opportunity to talk to news media and blatantly state that an exit will not be acceptable.